UGA resources abound for students with medical school hopes
By JESSICA LUTON
Going into medicine can often be a daunting prospect for students. However, with a medical school partnership right here in Athens, and considering the statistics concerning the physician shortage rate in the state, now is a great time to consider the medical field as a career choice.
University of Georgia students with an interest in the medical field have a broad base of resources at hand on campus and even a program, known as the Premedical Studies Program, to help guide you through the process.
Students in the Franklin College may select the pre-med designation and work with an advisor to select a curriculum that will help prepare for medical school. Of course, there are general recommendations—a year of non-organic chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, a year of biology and a year of physics—but advisers can also give recommendations about other ways to increase your chances of getting into medical school.
Beyond meeting with an advisor, the Premedical Studies Program website also has a great resource that can help students think about the logistics of becoming a doctor, and learn more about the process of applying to and succeeding in medical school.
Consider the follow excerpt from the Premedical Studies Program Guide:
The American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently interviewed 171 medical school faculty members, residents, and students about the behaviors most likely to result in success in medical school and residency.
According to the survey the following ten qualities are key:
1. Taking an active role in helping to shape their own learning and knowledge acquisition
2. Self-management and coping skills
3. Effort to foster a team environment
4. Interpersonal skills and professionalism
5. Empathetic and listening skills when interacting with patients and their families
6. Technical knowledge and skill
7. Extra effort and motivation
8. Ethical judgment and integrity
9. Mentoring skills
10. Demonstrating an ability to remain calm under pressure
Still not sure if going to medical school is for you.? Don’t fret. Beyond the classroom and plethora of resources via advisors with the Premedical Studies Program, another good resource for exploring this career direction is a UGA publication called PreMed Magazine.
Created by students at UGA the publication aims to inform students about preparing for medical school, but also has information for students who are considering a science-based career or major at UGA.
According to the website:
PreMed Magazine is a student organization that aims to help pre-medical students at The University of Georgia achieve success in the medical field. As a part of PreMed Magazine, members will have the opportunity to refine their writing and editorial skills, meet prominent people within the fields of medicine and journalism, learn strategies of successful pre-medical students, and develop the skills needed to achieve their goals. This organization is open for students of all majors and concentrations
A new edition was released earlier this week. In it, authors take on the myths of pseudoscience, the many myths surrounding a career in medicine and even the myths of choosing a science-based major here at UGA.
Orientation meetings for students with an interest in medicine as a career are held each semester where students can get advice about enhancing your chances of getting into medical school, as well as connect with a network of other students and professionals with similar interests. The next session will be held on reading day, December 4, 2013.
If you’ve got an interest in science or medicine, the resources are here to further spark that interest. Reach out, attend meetings and get advice from those who know best. The University of Georgia has the resources you need to make the right career choice.